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Beaufort County will hold public test of new voting system

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County will conduct a public test of the new Ballot Marking and Ballot Scanning devices at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11 for the following Nov. 5, 2019 elections:

– Town of Bluffton general election

– Town of Port Royal general election

– School Bond Referendum special election

The test will be conducted at the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County office, located at 15 John Galt Road in Beaufort. For more information, visit https://www.beaufortcountysc.gov/vote or call 843-255-6900.

In-person absentee voting starts Oct. 14 in Beaufort County

In-person absentee voting for the following elections held on Nov. 5, 2019 will start on Monday, Oct. 14:

– Town of Bluffton general election (Town of Bluffton residents only)

– Town of Port Royal general election (Town of Port Royal residents only)

– School Bond Referendum special election (countywide)

The Beaufort Office of the Board of Voter Registration and Elections, located at 15 John Galt Road, and the Bluffton Office, located at 61B Ulmer Road, Bluffton, will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

The last day of in-person absentee voting is on Monday, Nov. 4. The Beaufort office and Bluffton office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Councilman Dawson hosting two district meetings in Oct.

Beaufort County Council member Gerald Dawson (District 1) will hold two public meetings in October.

The guest speaker at both meetings will be Marie Smalls, Director, Beaufort County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, who will discuss updates and the new voting machines purchased by the County.

Big Estate/Jenkins Community: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, Booker T. Washington Center, 182 Booker T. Washington Circle, Yemassee.

Burton Community: 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, Burton Wells Recreation Center, 1 Middleton Recreation Drive, Beaufort.
Residents do not need to register in advance for the meeting. For more information, please contact Dawson at gdawson@bcgov.net, 843-255-2192 or by mail care of Clerk to Council, Beaufort County, P.O. Box 1228, Beaufort, S.C. 29901.

Councilman Glover hosting meeting about Bay Point Island

Beaufort County Council member York Glover (District 3) will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 about Bay Point Island development. The meeting will be held at the St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena (map). The guest speaker will be the developer of Bay Point Island.

Residents do not need to register in advance for the meeting. For more information, please contact Glover at yglover@bcgov.net, 843-986-7395 or by mail care of Beaufort County Clerk to Council, P.O. Box 1228, Beaufort, S.C. 29901.

Lowcountry Food Bank gets $5,000 donation

The Lowcountry Food Bank has announced that TD Charitable Foundation has donated $5,000 to support LCFB’s BackPack Buddies program, which helps fight childhood hunger in the Lowcountry.

The funds will support enrollment of 1,200 food-insecure public school children in the BackPack Buddies program and distribute more than 40,000 packs of weekend food to children at risk of hunger. More than 150,000 pounds of food will be distributed through TD Charitable Foundation’s donation during the 2019-2020 school year in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry and Jasper counties.

The LCFB serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 30.5 million pounds of food in 2018. For more information, go to www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.

County continues assault on mosquitoes

In accordance with Federal/State regulations, be advised Beaufort County Mosquito Control may conduct aerial and/or ground treatments through Oct. 11. Mosquito Control applies EPA-registered public health insecticide during ideal weather using low-flying aircraft throughout daylight hours and spray trucks from about 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. For additional information, please contact Mosquito Control at 843-255-5800.

Peacock Subaru to host SubieStock to support Palmetto Animal League

The cool cats (and dogs) of Palmetto Animal League are ready to share the love at SubieStock 2019 on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at Peacock Subaru. This annual concert event, supporting PAL’s rescue programs, has become known for fantastic food, beverages, groovy door prizes and, of course, live music, which will be provided by rock band Cranford Hollow this year.

Adoption fees are waived during Subiestock thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA. Adoptable pets will mingle with concert goers throughout the evening in hopes of finding their forever home.

The first 100 people to arrive at SubieStock with a pet supply or monetary donation for PAL will receive a free tie-dyed T-shirt. The party is “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Dog) as Peacock Subaru is a dog-friendly dealership.

Attendees may RSVP to for a free ticket at https://subiestock2019.eventbrite.com.

For those who can’t make the concert, PAL is also waiving adoption fees Oct. 17, starting at noon, during their annual SubieStock Pre-Party at the PAL Adoption Center located in Okatie’s River Walk Business Park.

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